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Town of Montague
Montague, Prince Edward Island
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
September 29, 1996
Vol. III, p. 126
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Vert a pall reversed wavy joined at the base with a pale also wavy all Azure fimbriated Argent charged in chief a fish leaping between on the field two plows Argent and over all in fess a stone bridge of two arches throughout Or masoned Sable;
Issuant from a mural coronet Gules masoned Argent a representation of the sailing vessel Empress Argent;
On a compartment of water Azure crested Argent joined per pale with a grassy mound set with lupins proper dexter a mermaid Or queued Argent wearing on its head a garland of oak leaves Vert sinister a horse Or maned and unguled Argent gorged with lupin blossoms Gules;
PROSPER FAIR MONTAGUE;
The green represents the lands of the town and the surrounding fields. It is also a colour featured in the arms of Prince Edward Island. The blue and white band refers to the Montague River which links to the Cardigan and Brudenell. The bridge symbolizes the crossing of the river at the town. The two arches form an “M” in outline, and thus make a subtle reference to the town’s name. The fish honours one of two historic industries and ongoing recreational activity associated with the river. It also alludes to the sea and the new aquaculture operations. The ploughs emphasize agriculture, the main economic activity in Montague.
The mural coronet signifies that these are the arms of a municipal corporation. It is red to honour a heritage building which houses the town’s museum. The ship is a reference to historic economic and recreational activities.
The mermaid symbolizes Montague’s historic association with the sea. The horse refers to the town’s land-bound activities and endeavours. The circlet of oak leaves worn by the mermaid refers to the oak trees in the arms of Prince Edward Island. The waves beneath her are another allusion to the sea. The horse honours agriculture and pioneers. It stands on a grassy mound with lupines which are a familiar sight in the town’s gardens and along the roadsides of the Island.
This phrase is a call to the ongoing success of the community and to the town’s setting and appearance. The phrase “Fair Montague” is taken from Romeo and Juliet (Act II, scene ii).